1897 Cornell Big Red football
1897 record5–3–1
Head coachPop Warner (1st season)
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The 1897 Cornell Big Red football team was an American football team that represented Cornell University during the 1897 college football season. In their first season under head coach Pop Warner, the Big Red compiled a 5–3–1 record and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 133 to 42.[1][2] Three Cornell players received honors on the 1897 College Football All-America Team: quarterback George Young, Cornell (Walter Camp-2, Outing-1); end William McKeever (Camp-2); and end Lyndon S. Tracy, Cornell (Camp-3).[3][4]


September 25 Colgate
W 6–0
October 3 Syracuse
  • Percy Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 16–0
October 9 Tufts
  • Percy Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 15–0
October 16at Lafayette T 4–4
October 23 Princeton
  • Percy Field
  • Ithaca, NY
L 0–10
October 27at Harvard L 5–24
October 30 Penn State
  • Percy Field
  • Ithaca, NY
W 45–0
November 6at Williams Williamstown, MAW 42–0
November 25at Penn L 0–4


  1. "Cornell Yearly Results (1895–1899)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  2. "1897 Cornell Big Red Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  3. "Camp's Champion Eleven: Chamberlin, Brown, De Saulles and Hall of Yale All-American Leaders". New Haven Evening Register. December 8, 1897.
  4. "A Brief Review of the Football Season". The Outing Magazine. Jan 1898.
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